Blueberries are cultivated berries but do have some wild cousins that grow in parts of Canada, northern Europe as well as North America. But wild or cultivated all blueberries have the same colour skin - dark navy-blue to blue-black.
Blueberries are roundish, about the size of a marble, with a smooth skin covered in a fine, white powder or ‘bloom’. Their flesh is bluish and contains very small seeds. They were once known as ‘star-berries’ because of the star-shaped calyx on the top of their heads. Blueberries are totally edible - seeds, calyx and all.
Antioxidants help protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals and the chronic diseases associated with the aging process. Blueberries contain many of these naturally occurring antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E. In addition to this, blueberries also contain anthocyanins and phenolics that can also act as antioxidants. Blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity.
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